Building resilience to ocean acidification from sea to shell

Oyster operations images provided by Mook Sea Farm

Mook Sea Farm, located on the Damariscotta River in midcoast Maine, produces over 120 million juvenile oysters each year. The farm’s water comes directly from the river and changes in environmental conditions affect hatchery production. During the 2008-2009 season, Mook experienced decreased larval production due to high levels of precipitation decreasing the carbon dioxide (CO2) buffering capacity in hatchery water. This short-term acidification event negatively impacted production of larval oysters.

NOAA Ocean Acidification, 2 September 2022. Full article.

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